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Venus brightest in mid-February for all of 2014

What’s that very bright star or planet in the east before sunrise now? It’s the planet Venus, now near its time of greatest brilliancy.<p>Have you seen …

20 Breathtaking Images Of The Earth As Seen From Space

Aleppo, Syria, May 26, 2013 – The Citadel of Aleppo – medieval fortified palace<br>DigitalGlobe—Getty Images<p>1 of 20<p>Digital Globe, a provider of …

I Bought an Apartment Specifically to Rent Out on AirBnB

<i>This is a guest post by Jon Wheatley of Need/Want that originally appeared on the company’s blog. Need/Want makes innovative products that solve problems like SmartBedding and Draft Notebooks.</i><p>In 2012 I bought an apartment specifically to rent out on Airbnb. I’ve been managing it remotely for the …

The Great Suspender Automagically Kills Off Memory-Hungry Chrome Tabs

Just a quick heads up to a fantastic Chrome extension I’ve been using of late: The Great Suspender.<p>I’m sure there are others out there, but this is the one that has worked for me and it has dramatically improved my Chrome and overall computer experience.<p>The Great Suspender effectively allows you to …

APOD: Roll Cloud Over Wisconsin (2013 Aug 08) Image Credit: Megan Hanrahan (Pierre cb), Wikipedia http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/fap/ap130908.html Explanation: What kind of cloud is this? A type of arcus cloud called a roll cloud. These rare long clouds may form near advancing cold fronts. In particular, a downdraft from an advancing storm front can cause moist warm air to rise, cool below its dew point, and so form a cloud. When this happens uniformly along an extended front, a roll cloud may form. Roll clouds may actually have air circulating along the long horizontal axis of the cloud. A roll cloud is not thought to be able to morph into a tornado. Unlike a similar shelf cloud, a roll cloud is completely detached from their parent cumulonimbus cloud. Pictured above, a roll cloud extends far into the distance as a storm approached in 2007 in Racine, Wisconsin, USA. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Roll-Cloud-Racine.jpg Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130908 #APOD

Bing Translator comes to Twitter's official Windows Phone app

It's not every day we see Windows Phone being used to launch a major new feature, but Twitter has done just that. An update to its official app has just enabled automatic translation if you happen to be reading a person's tweet that isn't in English. The tweet isn't translated in your actual …

S4 and HTC One Google Editions out now, but may face update wait

Versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One running a stock version of Android are now on sale -- but it seems that both phones will have to wait a …

Windows 8.1: a first look at what Microsoft is changing

Microsoft is taking over San Francisco's Moscone Center today to introduce a preview version of Windows 8.1. Although the company has revealed most of the features in the upcoming update to Windows 8, I’ve had a chance to get well acquainted with the Windows 8.1 preview to learn more about the …

Steve Jobs Talks About His Legacy in 1994 Video

Steve Jobs talks about his legacy in this clip from a 1994 interview with the Silicon Valley Historical Association. The full 20-minute interview—in …

Audi Demonstrates Driverless Self-Parking Technology

At CES 2013 in January, senior engineer Annie Lien of the Audi/Volkswagen Group of America demonstrates the new Piloted Parking technology for the …

What If ‘Game of Thrones’ Characters Had Online Dating Profiles

“Game of Thrones Dating Profiles” is a new series created by Team Pwnicorn that displays different characters from <i>Game of Thrones</i> with funny online …

First Trailer for ‘Jobs,’ The Upcoming Biopic About Steve Jobs

The first trailer for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, <i>Jobs</i>, was released today. The film stars Ashton Kutcher as Jobs and will be released on August …

Beached Whale Art in Greenwich, London

22 June 2013<p>The latest piece of outdoors installation art in London has caused a few raised eyebrows to say the least. A life-size fiberglass …

Land Ship Amagosa, A Strandbeest-Inspired LEGO Walking Machine

“Land Ship Amagosa” by Jason Allemann is a LEGO walking machine inspired by the “Strandbeest” kinetic sculptures of Dutch artist Theo Jansen. …

The Chained Library of Zutphen

Occasionally, a library patron will try to check out a reference book. "Can't you make an exception for me?" "No," I say with a smile. At the Chained …

Imaginative Artists Renders Everyday Objects Utterly Useless

Giuseppe Colarusso has the weird and wonderful gift of being able to take an everyday object and render it completely useless thanks to a combination …

'Game of Thrones' Tops List of Most Pirated TV Shows

The HBO hit is followed by “The Big Bang Theory” and “How I Met Your Mother” in illegal downloads this spring.<p>HBO’s <i>Game of Thrones</i> has topped the …

'Monsters University' scares up $82 million, overcomes zombie hordes - TODAY.com

Today<p>"Monsters University"<p>Affable monsters and hordes of zombies converged at the North American box office over the weekend to create a perfect storm for moviegoing.<p>Disney and Pixar's long-awaited sequel "Monsters University" opened to a sizzling $82 million, the No. 2 Pixar opening of all time …

‘Independence Day 2′ Will Not Star Will Smith After All

Will Smith protecting the earth from aliens seems like a no-brainer, but not so fast, says director Roland Emmerich -- it looks like the summer …

This Week In Trailers: Breakup at A Wedding, Tonight I Strike, Terms and Conditions May Apply, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Pawn Shop Chronicles – /Film

<i>Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing</i> …

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‘Independence Day 2’ Gets Release Date, Sounds Terrible

Fox has announced a July 3, 2015 release date for <i>Independence Day 2</i>, in spite of the fact that the original film will be nearly 20 years old, it …

Stain-proof shoes and water-proof phones to become a reality

Prone to spilling food or drink on your clothes? A spray on product is about to go on sale in the US that can protect your clothes from all types of liquids.<p>For those of us who are a little messy, a group of entrepreneurs have invented a superhydrophobic coating that can repel water and heavy …

Ultra-high resolution 3D map of a human brain

Mapping the brain is all the rage. In 2009, the National Institutes of Health announced the Human Connectome Project, an ambitious …

NASA and NOAA turn the 'Blue Marble' green in breathtaking new satellite images

Scientists have released new satellite images that show how much of the Earth's surface is covered in vegetation. Using the VIIRS sensor aboard the NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite, experts collected data between April 2012 and April 2013 and used it to create a new vegetation index which identifies …

Shrunken accelerator blasts like the big boys - Futurity

U. TEXAS-AUSTIN (US) — A new tabletop particle accelerator is a step toward having multi-gigaelectronvolt …

Why hottest weather isn’t on longest day

Solstice 2017 – longest day for us on northern Earth – has passed. But the hottest weather for the Northern Hemisphere is still to come. The reason …

The therapeutic virtues of venom

Pierre Escoubas, a specialist in venom, does not like to fuel the fantasies frequently conjured up by his calling. When asked what has scared him …

Uncovering the past using the future: how lasers are revolutionizing archaeology

High-tech tools are now giving archaeologists an unprecedented glimpse into lost civilizations<p>A map of the lost city of Mahendraparvata, created using lidar technology (Credit: Archaeology and Development Foundation — Phnom Kulen Program)<p>Indiana Jones was onto something. In <i>Raiders of the Lost Ark</i>, …

Scientists peek at memories being made - Futurity

USC (US) — Using microscopic probes, researchers can see the physical changes that occur when …

Hubble picks up a space penguin – big picture